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Pedersen's Rovers future uncertain
MORTEN Gamst Pedersen is one of a number of a players put up for sale by Blackburn Rovers as the club continues its rebuilding process.
The Norwegian has made more than 300 appearances for Rovers in an Ewood career spanning eight years but his future at the club now looks bleak.
The Lancashire Telegraph understands Rovers do not see Pedersen as part of their plans for the coming campaign and will circulate his name to clubs at home and abroad.
Pedersen is believed to be joined by Radosav Petrovic, Jordan Slew, Nick Blackman and Amine Linganzi as being surplus to requirements at Rovers – as the club look to make room for their young talent to progress into the senior squad.
Rovers are already understood to have received enquiries about potential loan moves for them and they would willing to let them leave on a temporary basis – if no satisfactory permanent offers come in.
The club continue to look for a striker and informal enquiries were continuing to last night to determine if Huddersfield’s Jordan Rhodes could be attracted to Ewood Park, although no bid has been made.
Pedersen arrived at Rovers in 2004 and has established himself as a regular in midfield almost ever since.
He is still contracted to the club until 2014 and is understood to want to stay and fight for his place, although Rovers have other ideas.
Pedersen would attract signific-ant interest among clubs world-wide and a move could yet tempt him.
Rovers are also keen to offload Petrovic, having only signed him for around £2m last summer.
Petrovic has struggled to adapt to the pace of the English game and Greek outfit Olympiakos are understood to have shown some initial interest, although they are yet to pursue it further.
Slew, also signed last summer for in the region of £1m, is likely to leave the club on loan having failed to make an impact, while Linganzi and Blackman are also players Rovers are keen to offload.
Ruben Rochina and Simon Vukcevic remain in Rovers’ future plans, however.
Spaniard Rochina has only played a bit part this summer but, once he meets the fitness standards required, Rovers are hopeful he can play a role in their Championship campaign.
Vukcevic is currently working his way back to fitness after under-going nose surgery this summer.